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Vincent Ward a director study. By Oliver Ryan. Early years. Born 1956 Greytown , youngest child Art degree at the Ilam School of Fine Arts Christchurch. => Led to (first) film “A state of seige ” Had no permanent residence in the 80’s Originally an illustrator. Filmography.
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Vincent Warda director study By Oliver Ryan
Early years • Born 1956 Greytown, youngest child • Art degree at the IlamSchool of Fine Arts Christchurch. • => Led to (first) film “A state of seige” • Had no permanent residence in the 80’s • Originally an illustrator
Filmography • A state of seige- 1978, produced by Timothy white written by Ward. • In spring one plants alone- 1981, produced by Ward and written = (documentary). • Vigil- 1984, produced by John Maynard Productions, co-written by Ward, Graeme Tetley • The Navigator- 1998, produced by John Maynard Productions, written by Vincent Ward, Kely Lyons, Geoff Chapple • Map of the human heart- 1993, written by Louis Nowra. Working Title Films, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Australian Film Finance Corporation • What Dreams May Come- 1998, written byRonald Bass, Interscope Communications. • River queen – 2005, written by Ward, SilverscreenFilms/The Film Consortium. • Rain of the children- 2008, written by Ward, Forward Films.
Favourite co-workers • Alun Bollinger- camera man. Director of photography on A state of seige, In spring one plants alone, and Vigil. • “With Vigil we spent several weeks just sitting down, pencil in hand, drawing up the images.” • Jack Body- sound on In spring.. and Vigil.
Preferred film styles/themes • Isolation • Intense emotions- through colours, etc • Hand-held camera • “Invisible camera” or documentary style • Minimalist music • Often uses colour schemes t to express emotion, such a as Vigil, River Queen.
Current projects • Currently, Ward is focused on more traditional art, especially painting and sculpture.
Impact on society • First NZ film to Cannes (Vigil). • “What dreams may come” nominated for best production design and best visual effect at Academy Awards. • Order of New Zealand Merit award (2007). • Only step in Hollywood was his Aliens 3 and Last Samurai screenwriting- stayed true to his roots.
Notable Awards • Silver Hugo Award, Chicago Festival, 1978, for A State of Siege; • Silver Hugo Award, Chicago Festival, 1980, for In Spring One Plants Alone; • Grand Prix Award, Prades Festival, Grand Prix Award, Madrid Festival, and Best Film, ImagFic Festival, all 1984, all for Vigil; • Australian Film Awards, Best Picture and Best Director, 1988, for The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey.
Bibliography • http://vincentwardfilms.com/vw/biography/ • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0911910/ • http://www.art-newzealand.com/Issues21to30/ward.htm • http://www.art-newzealand.com/Issues21to30/ward.htm